Certificate of University Preparation

The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a one semester course which will give you University Entrance as well as the tools and skills you need to confidently transition into degree-level study.

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Adult Learners

CUP has been designed to help students who don't initially meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation or left school some time ago and are looking for a career change.

This programme will introduce you to an adult learning situation including lectures, tutorials and workshops. The Certificate of University Preparation is an academically approved qualification that covers skills such as note taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.

As a CUP student you will also have full access to University facilities and services, enabling you to adapt to this new environment prior to starting your degree. Following your successful completion of CUP, you'll be eligible for entry at all New Zealand Universities and most undergraduate degrees.


One semester full-time (four papers)

Available Dates:

A Semester – 27 February to 23 June 2017
B Semester – 10 July to 27 October 2017
Summer School – 6 November to 16 February 2018

A Semester - 26 February to 23 June 2018
B Semester - 9 July to 2 November 2018
Summer School - 5 November to end of February 2019

Course requirements:

Students are required to take four papers, two compulsory and two electives.


CUPR001 Introduction to Study Skills
CUPR002 Introduction to Critical Thought and Expression

Electives (Choose two/ field of interests):

CUPR003 Bridging Arts
CUPR004 Bridging Social Sciences
CUPR008 Bridging Mathematics and Statistics
CUPR025 Bridging General Science
CUPR026 Te Huarahi Bridging Māori
CAFS004 Bridging Calculus
CAFS006 Bridging Accounting
CAFS009 Bridging Biology
CAFS010 Bridging Chemistry
CAFS011 Bridging Physics
CAFS015 Bridging Business Studies

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Pathways College
Years 0.5
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $3,247.00 (four papers) per year
International Fees $10,120 (four papers) per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Scholarships and prizes

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Admission and enrolment

Any school-leaver who has at least 30 NCEA Level 3 credits in university-approved subjects with numeracy and literacy will gain an automatic offer of entry to CUP for 2017.

Any other applicants will be decided on a case-by-case basis.  Please include a student statement with your application.


Waikato Pathways College- Te Huanui

Phone: 0800 WAIKATO or + 64 7 858 5600

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